Top Foreign Affairs Republican: 'It would benefit all of us' for Omar, Tlaib to visit Israel

Top Foreign Affairs Republican: 'It would benefit all of us' for Omar, Tlaib to visit Israel
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House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Michael McCaulMichael Thomas McCaulTop Indian official canceled congressional meeting over inclusion of Jayapal: report Republican group asks 'what is Trump hiding' in Times Square billboard Conservative group hits White House with billboard ads: 'What is Trump hiding?' MORE (R-Texas) on Thursday reportedly criticized Israel's decision to block Reps. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibCongressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders Sanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements Hillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' MORE (D-Mich.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarMedia's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Jayapal endorses Sanders Sanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements MORE (D-Minn.) from visiting the country.

"Israel is a U.S. ally and a thriving bastion of democracy and hope for freedom-loving people of the world. It would benefit all of us for Reps. Tlaib and Omar to see that firsthand," McCaul said, per Reuters's Patricia Zengerle.

Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE on Thursday announced that Tlaib and Omar would not be able to enter the country for a planned visit this weekend because of their previous comments critical of Israel.

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The decision to block the first two Muslim women elected to Congress was announced moments after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE tweeted that it would show "great weakness" for Israel to allow the pair into the country, calling them a “disgrace.”

Tlaib and Omar have been vocal advocates of Palestinian rights and have backed the movement to boycott Israel.

The decision to block their trip has been met with universal condemnation by Democrats, as well as a handful of Republicans, including Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioApple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones Senators offer bill to create alternatives to Huawei in 5G tech Surging Sanders draws fresh scrutiny ahead of debate MORE (Fla.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMitch McConnell may win the impeachment and lose the Senate Murkowski wants senators to 'really hear the case' before deciding on impeachment witnesses Republicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment MORE (Maine).

Other Republicans, including Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamLawmakers push back at Pentagon's possible Africa drawdown George Conway group drops ad seeking to remind GOP senators of their 'sworn oaths' ahead of impeachment trial House Democrats may call new impeachment witnesses if Senate doesn't MORE (S.C.) and Rick Scott (Fla.), have defended the decision, arguing that Tlaib and Omar have made irredeemable comments about both Israel and Jewish people more broadly.